Pharmacist Level 4 – Medicine Information Pharmacist

ACT Health
July 29, 2020
Canberra, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


Pharmacist Level 4 - Pharmacist ( 01QVB)

Job Title: Pharmacist
Classification: Pharmacist Level 4
Position Number: 25283
Annual Salary: $115,388 - $124,221
Branch: Medical Services
Section: Pharmacy
Vacancy Type: Temporary full time
Duration: Six months with the possibility of extension
Closing Date: 12 August 2020
Contact Officer: Yogi Sagar (02) 5124 7106


Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.
Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley. CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

• The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
• University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
• Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provide a range of health services from prevention and treatment through to recovery and maintenance at a number of locations and in varied environments for people suffering from mental health issues.
• Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
• Seven community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
• A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.

Overview of the work area and position:
The Pharmacy sits within the Office of the Executive Director of Medical Services (EDMS) which includes the Physician Training Office, Medical Officer Support, Credentialing, Employment and Training Unit (MOSCETU), GP Liaison Unit (GPLU), Pathology, Pharmacy, Medical Imaging and Library Services.
The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of approximately 100 staff, including: pharmacists, technicians and administration staff. The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services.
The pharmacy team charter is “Our competent and professional team will provide a contemporary and forward thinking pharmacy service that gives the best patient focused care possible and is valued by the ACT health community”.
The Quality Use of Medicines, Research and Education team offer services to support the safe and quality use of medicines across Canberra Hospital and Health Services. An opportunity exists to join the Quality Use of Medicines, Research and Education team as the Medicine Information Pharmacist. The Medicines Information Pharmacist will enhance the quality and safety of medicines use across Canberra Hospital and Health Services by planning and providing medicines information services, leading quality improvement and medication safety initiatives and working with the Drug and Therapeutics and Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Committees to promote safe, efficacious and cost-effective medicines use. This will include working under the broad direction of the Deputy Director of Pharmacy (QuRE), and closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians and pharmacists to deliver the service.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Appropriate pharmacist qualifications and currently as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
• Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.

• Postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research or extensive clinical pharmacy experience deemed equivalent.
• The Society of Hospital Pharmacist of Australia (SHPA) membership.
• Membership linked to area of specialty.
• Hold a current Driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
• Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
• Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

Note: This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with the possibility of extension.


• Provision of reliable, accurate and evidence based Medicines Information Services including regular quality assurance process for enquiries.

• Manage, develop, and promote the medicines information service including reviewing and/or preparing evidence and other material for the Pharmacy Department and Drug and Therapeutics Committee.

• Maintain and manage the Medicines Information library as well as provide secretariat support to the ACT Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Committee including taking action to reduce patient harm caused by recurrence of adverse drug reactions whilst designing and participating in pharmacovigilance activities.

• Provide professional supervision, ongoing professional development and personal performance review, to manage staff and provide education, training and mentorship to new and current pharmacy staff on medicines information, and all other relevant groups including (but not limited to) medical staff, nursing staff, supervision of students, and extended scope practitioners.

• Develop and contribute to practice based research, medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, policy and procedure review, strategic planning and service review, and quality improvement projects in coordination with the Quality use of Medicines and management teams.

• Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high-quality person and family-centred, safe and high-quality patient care.

Selection Criteria
These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your curriculum vitae and experience. Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them. (Please note that it is not necessary to address the capabilities and behaviours individually).

1. Advanced level skills in the retrieval, critical analysis and reporting of medicines information and demonstrated ability to manage and develop pharmacy or medicines related services.
2. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting.
3. Demonstrated ability to mentor, educate and train professional colleagues, intern pharmacists and students.
4. Demonstrated experience in the development, evaluation and maintenance of; quality improvement programs, policy and procedures, medication safety initiatives, research initiatives and accreditation activities associated with medicines use.
5. Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Service’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to

For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist please contact the Contact Officer above.

Job: Allied Health
Salary Range: 115,388.00 - 124,221.00
Closing Date: 12/Aug/2020

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